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MAKE YOUR OWN PILLOW AND TOWEL TIES

Updated on December 29, 2014

All kinds of Ties

You can be creative to your heart's content.
You can be creative to your heart's content. | Source

DIY Decorate your Home with Ties

You would really have to know me well to know that I almost never say no to any appealing opportunity in life. Whenever I hear about a new business idea my ears still perk up. I am one of these people that does several things well but none with absolute perfection. Being far too restless for perfection, I want to do everything. An average day at home includes the following: I will paint for an hour, write for an hour, clean house, cook something and go back to the painting and then read....I don't have AADD but I have been accused of this.

A friend and I started this business of making towel and pillow ties several years ago. I came up with the idea that these ties would add a very decorative touch to any room. Today with internet sales and so many marketing ideas I may have made a success of this business. I just didn't market the business as well as I should have, as I had a job and many other obligations, plus I got discouraged for several reasons. I gave away most of these ties to friends, but am thinking of making some new ones for my house.

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Fabric and Decorations

You can make these ties with almost any fabric. I have used transparent and silky fabrics, cottons, cotton blends, rayon and even denim. The trimming and decorating of these ties is where the creativity shines. You can sew on beads, buttons, feathers braiding, fringe or whatever you desire. Adding these ties to your d├ęcor is a clever and inexpensive way to coordinate colors in a room or add new colors and textures. You can even patch different fabrics together to get colorful and very decorative effect. This is a great project to stretch your creativity.

Tie your Pillows

A lovely and creative touch to pillows.
A lovely and creative touch to pillows. | Source

Sewing Supplies

Supplies You Will Need:

  • A sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • A pair of scissors
  • Straight pins
  • A measuring tape


How To Sew The Basic Tie

Most of the ties should be about two to three feet in length depending on the pillow size as well as the towel size. The ties should be from six to eight inches wide. This depends on your taste as well as the size.

  1. Wash your fabric in cold water and dry thoroughly.
  2. Press the fabric.
  3. Measure and cut out strips twice the width that you want the ties to be.
  4. Fold the right sides together and pin the seam.
  5. Sew the seam and press it open to get a crisp fold.
  6. Fold the tie with the seam in the center so the sides are free from seams.
  7. Press the seams once again.

Where and How To Use

These ties work well on pillows and towels to brighten a room. You can make very small ties for hand towels. Try these ties on your bedroom pillows to decorate the room.

You can use the tie around a vase of silk flowers.

You can lay the tie on a small table as a table runner.

You can wear the tie in your hair, around your neck or as a belt.

Some of the Ties

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Sewing the Trims

The decision is yours on how to pick the best trim for the fabric. Your choices about the type of trim may be influenced by your furniture, colors or which room the ties will be used.

When completing the basic tie, the ends of the tie will be unfinished. When you sew either braiding, fringe or even rickrack you will place the trim at each end of the tie, folding the ends in over the edge of the trim. Pin the trim in place and baste with a needle and thread to ensure it holds in place. After you do a lot of these you will just pin and sew.

You may want to run a row of braiding down the center of the tie for a different look, or add a band of print or stripe fabric over the plain fabric.

If you want a very fancy tie sew beads or fancy buttons around the outside edges of the tie. This will surely decorate the pillow as well as the room.

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      Very creative stuff, I wish I had the inspiration to come up with this sort of ideas. I love the colors and fancy feather applications.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Jamie: Now that I have my new sewing machine I am thinking about making some of these. Thanks or the share.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      I have never seen these before, Carol! They are so cute and look very easy to create making them perfect for someone looking for a simple sewing project. Oh the ways I could embellish them! Going to link this one to my easy sewing projects hub :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks so much. I need to get the paints out and do my entire house. Why not come over and we will have a painting party

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      Ronna Pennington 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Perfect idea for the guest bathroom I'm planning to repaint today. This is a great way to change a room!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Do you really think so..I am so good at marketing for other people, but not myself. If someone came to me with this idea I would have so much to say. They are really versatile and I would love to try some gauzy and silky fabrics...Could be fun. Thanks so much..Love the confidence builder

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are so beautiful, Carol! Bet you'd get lots of orders on line.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Angela Kane

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      Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Beautiful pillow and towel ideas. Great hub idea.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for dropping in ...always appreciate.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Very creative! Thanks for sharing your idea and how-to with us!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Good luck on your move. We have done that a lot of times. I love living in new places...Thanks for stopping in and nice comments. Let me know how it goes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      idigwebsites: thanks for the visit and lovely comments and also votes and sharing.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Your wide variety of interests sounds like my best friend--she also spreads out her time following various hobbies. These are lovely ideas! We're moving next month, so this may be just the perfect finishing touch for our new place. I've marked this to try. I'm not much of a seamstress, but I think I might be able to do this one. Thank you!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Vivid colors and fabulous styles of your ties! Voted up and shared. :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much Rajan. I was going through old pictures and found these..Now I am motivated to make some more. Thanks for visit, votes and pinning.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting! Your ties are indeed very beautiful and add a lot of color and style to the décor.

      Voted up and interesting and pinned.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for the visit and the pinning...So appreciated. You have a wonderful New Year!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Love the feathers and this idea. These trims really brighten things up, nice for different times of the year too. Fun hub. Pinned.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks so much.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      mmmm.... martketing certainly isn't my forte :-), I will leave that to you. Some thoughts that come to mind is Pininterest, google ads and other social networking.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Good idea, but how to market? Any ideas dragonfly? To think they started in Naples, Florida. Thanks for dropping in to view the ties.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      I love Ingenious ideas. So simple yet so imaginative! It wouldn't be hard to set up a site up with a cart. You could be ready for next x-mas.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for dropping in for some ties to view. They are fun. Actually I just digged up these photos and thought what a great hub..and I also just got a new sewing machine. Thanks for the votes.

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      What a brilliant idea! I love your ties with the colourful feathers and beads. I can't wait to make some pillow ties soon. Voted up and more..

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for dropping by to tie one on. They are cute and I am almost inspired to start again with them. Thanks also for the votes...

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Carol....This is so creative. What a simple, yet unique idea. I love to sew, so I must say you have sparked my interest. What a clever young lady you are, Carol! Terrific!....UP+++

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much for dropping and passing the ties on.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      ImKarn23: I always enjoy a visit from you and lovely comments. In life you always need new things up the sleeve. We gotta keep on creating and thinking. Thanks again..for support and just being you.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Very interesting, indeed! And you are very, very creative. Thanks for sharing, Carol!! I am passing these ties on.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      VERY interesting! personally , i have never heard of pillow ties, is that because i'm canadian? lol..

      They are absolutely adorable and your artistic imagination is incredible!

      Good for you, Carol - i really do encourage you to go for it - again!

      Very unique..

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much..and dropping by and your support is always of value to me.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good job, Carol, of taking something you truly enjoy doing and writing about it. It helps us all to know a little bit more about who you are while simultaneously motivating the creative muse within us. Thanks for sharing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you dirt farmer. it is an easy idea.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      How cute! A really sweet way to dress up a room!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      They are easy to make and fun to decorate with. Thanks for stopping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Crazy isn't it..You either have that spirit of trying new things or not. I have been in more hair-brained schemes and ideas..I am glad I have a fellow hubber who is like I am. Thanks for votes and shares...

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Great and clever ideas..I think I will try to make some...

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      How clever these ties are! While reading your introduction about yourself, I thought you were describing me. :) Votes up and sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      So I guess you have sited him at the restaurant. Pretty cool. Thanks so much.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much. I am always thinking of something new..sometimes work and sometimes not. Thanks for votes and sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Janine: Thank you so much for lovely comments. And again to you.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great idea, Carol! It's kind of like getting new furniture! You can change the trim as often as you like. Thank you for the great ideas! up+ and sharing

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I work at Madelyn's Diner in Stratford. It happens to be The Justin Bieber's favorite family restaurant.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Absolutely beautiful and awesome Carol. Never would have thought of this, but like a lot. Merry Christmas to you and your family again!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I kind of made it up..though certainly not totally original..People use raffia and ribbons to tie pillows and towels..I took it one original step further...I didn't try hard enough with it..You never know when I am up and at it again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Strange, but I have never heard of pillow ties. Very clever my friend...very clever indeed.

      Excellent example of imagination and a willingness and determination to try. Well done, and Merry Christmas my friend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Good idea...I like to tie my bathroom towels to perk up the room...They could tie the towels with the ties in the back...What kind of restaurant????? Thanks so much for dropping in and lovely comments.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are awesome Carol and there is your project opportunity to sell along with these ties. Make an elegant hand towel to tie around your neck that won't flop onto a burner when you lean over the stove. I bet every cook in the world would want one. Our cooks at the restaurant tuck theirs towels in their apron strings, tied at their waist. Your decorating ideas are great.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping in and lovely comments. And as always being a supportive hubber. Thanks for the votes so much and Merry Christmas to you also.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you sunnie day..For dropping in and being a most supportive hubber.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a creative idea! I would have never thought of this! You have such a creative talent. I am thinking about a kitchen towel to just hang around my neck. I am always looking for that kitchen towel that I have laid down some place! I spend as much time looking for my kitchen towel and my glasses as I do cooking! :) Voting this up and more! Merry Christmas! :)

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      This is an interesting idea Carol. Colorful and cute ties! Thanks for sharing!